As reported earlier (see here), last week, Nok Air expressed plans to pen a major deal with Boeing for B737 narrow-body aircraft.
Both parties have since announced at the Singapore Airshow that an agreement has been made which will see Nok Air commit to eight Next-Generation 737-800s and seven 737 MAX 8s. The agreement is valued at US$1.5 billion, and will establish the low-cost carrier as the first airline in Thailand to operate the 737 MAX.
Boeing will be working with the Bangkok-based carrier to finalise the details of the agreement, and will post the order on its orders and deliveries website accordingly. While Nok Air does operate a fleet of 14 737-800s, those are leased and therefore this represents the airline’s first direct order with Boeing.
“This commitment is a major step in our growth strategy,” said Patee Sarasin, chief executive of Nok Air. “The 737 is the backbone of our fleet and will continue to be in the future. These airplanes position us for growth and ensure that we’ll continue to operate the most reliable and fuel-efficient aircraft.”
An expected delivery date will be announced when all details have been confirmed.